An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments.
GEN Africa held its fourth conference in Africa after its initial conference that was in SEKEM Egypt 2012. The second was held in GBIACK- Thika- Kenya in 2013. The third was a summit held in Dakar-Senegal 2014, which was the first direct encounter of GEN Africa with high governmental figures in its endeavor to scale up ecovillages, the second encounter was in AMCEN with environmental ministers - Egypt in April this year.
GEN AFRICA and GEN International Meeting in SEKEM ecovillage- April 2016
A group of GEN International and GEN Africa met in Egypt from 16 to 20 April 2016, hosted by Dr Ibrahim Abouleish, founder of SEKEM. Parallel to the strategy meeting was the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). AMCEN is a permanent forum where African ministers of the environment discuss mainly matters of relevance to the environment of the continent. The theme this year was "Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa".
Rural Women and economic well being is often regarded as an unrelated topic especially in a patriarchal society like Nepal. In this context, when village women gather together to empower themselves through their individual effort, it is worth a story to tell.